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Ivan Perisic moves to force Inter Milan to accept Arsenal move

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Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request at Inter Milan in an attempt to force through a potential loan move this week to Arsenal, reports telegraph.co.uk.

Perisic, who was instrumental in Croatia’s appearance last summer in the World Cup final, is a key target as Arsenal manager Unai Emery attempts to improve his squad, but Inter have so far turned down the suggestion of a loan.

Arsenal had suggested an option to also sign the 29-year-old permanently for around £35 million at the end of the season but Inter have indicated that they would only seriously consider a permanent deal either now or with some guarantees in June.

Their director, Giuseppe Marotta, confirmed that Perisic now wants to leave a club he joined from Wolfsberg in 2015.

“Perisic has asked to leave but there is no offer for him,” said Marotta. “We will listen to the request of Perisic, he has put in a transfer request; we must try to satisfy him but also respect the value of him.”

Emery wants to add “one or two” players this week but has said that only loan signings are currently feasible financially following significant spending in recent transfer windows.

There is particular concern just now at the number of defensive injuries, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos yesterday ruled out for a month.

Sokratis was substituted during Friday’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United after jarring his ankle.

Emery had initially appeared optimistic that the problem would not be long-term.

Arsenal also confirmed on Sunday that captain Laurent Koscielny had not suffered a fractured jaw after a collision with Romelu Lukaku in Friday’s 3-1 defeat.

Koscielny suffered “bruising and soft tissue swelling” to his face, with the statement adding that his fitness is being “reviewed on a daily basis”.

Emery is already without defenders Rob Holding and Héctor Bellerín following serious knee injuries.

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BREAKING: High Court grants El-Zakzaky leave to travel

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Kaduna State High Court has granted leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky leave to travel abroad for medical attention.

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“Passage of life pension Bill, a desperate coup against Bayelsa people”—Group

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A group, the Bayelsa Against Eelection Violence Initiative (BAEVI) has kicked against the recent passage by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly of a bill to provide for monthly lifetime pension for its members, describing the action as a desperate coup against the people. 

According to the group, the presentation of same to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for assent is the height of legislative rascality and desperation and, to say the least, an economic coup against the state.

The group, the Bayelsa Against Eelection Violence Initiative (BAEVI),in a statement issued  yesterday in Yenagoa, said the passage of this repugnant bill at a time when government has consistently screamed blue murder over dwindling state income and rising liabilities,” speaks to a clear lack of moral compass on the part of our reprentatives to put the public good first in all things and ensure the equitable and beneficial use of scarce state resources.”

The group, in the statement, signed by its President, Hon. Preye Johnbull and Secretary, Egba Father,  the doctrine of the fruit of the poisoned tree readily comes to mind here and renders nugatory the veiled, surreptitious attempt to endanger the public interest. If the tree is poisoned, it’s fruit can by no means be sweet but bitter. A good motive for committing a crime doesn’t necessarily absolve the culprit of the guilt and consequences.”

“The truth is that Bayelsa legislators are already comparatively sufficiently provided for under the subsisting remuneration package, and there is no need whatsoever to add a lifetime pension to sweeten the deal and enhance their exit package when the state civil servants are hardly well catered for, unemployment rate is hitting the roof and the lack of critical infrastructure such as power and industrial expansion has stifled development and brought the state practically to its knees. What with the backlog of gratuities of retirees and unpaid salaries of local government workers.”

“If the legislators strongly feel that they deserve to be included in monthly pensions then by the same token they must pass social security laws to enhance the welfare of the unemployed, physically challenged, bursary allowances and scholarships funding for tertiary students, the widows, single parents and all economically disadvantaged segment of the population.”

“The heightened social tension resulting from this melodramatic theatre of the absurd is  steadily building to a deafening crescendo and Governor Seriake Dickson must, without bathing an eyelid, throw this putrefying bill to where it rightly belongs; the stinking dustbin of history.”

“Unless something is done urgently to reverse this mindless rape of our commonwealth, the unsettling equal and opposite reaction could be that Bayelsans could be forced to take to the streets to register their displeasure and deploy every legitimate means to ensure its abrogation.”

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Breaking: NJC Approves Buhari’s Request To Extend Tenure Of Acting CJN Tanko Muhammad

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The National Judicial Council (NJC), has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to extend the tenure of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

The council in a statement by its Director Information, Soji Oye, stated that the approval followed several deliberations during a meeting which was held last week Thursday.

Mr Oye noted that contrary to reports that the NJC was going to meet next week on the extension of Justice Muhammad’s tenure, the council, however, meet on April 18, 2019, which resolved to the approval of his extension.

“The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper Report stating that the Council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday 18th April 2019 and at the 88thMeeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the President”.

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